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abate
to decrease; reduce
abdicate
to give up a position, right, or power
aberrant
deviating from what is normal
abeyance
temporary suppression or suspension
abject
miserable; pitiful
abjure
to reject; to abandon formally
abscission
the act of cutting; the natural separation of a leaf or other part of a plant
abscond
to depart secretly
abstemious
moderate in appetite
abstinence
the giving up of certain pleasures
abysmal
very bad
accretion
growth in size or increase in amount
accrue
to accumulate; grow by additions
adamant
uncompromising; unyielding
adjunct
to added, attached, or joined
admonish
to caution or reprimand
adulerate
to corrupt or make impure
aesthetic
relating to beauty or art
affected
pretentious; phony
affinity
fondness; liking; similarity
aggrandize
to maker larger or greater; to increase in power
aggregate
amounting to a whole; total
alacrity
cheerful willingness; eagerness; speed
alchemy
medieval chemical philosophy based on changing metal into gold; a seemingly magical power or process of transmutation
allay
to lessen; ease; soothe
alleviate
to relieve; to improve partially
alloy
a combination; a mixture of two or more metals
allure
the power to entice by charm
amalgamate
to combine into a unified whole
ambiguous
unclear or doubtful in meaning
ambivalence
the state of having conflicting emotional attitudes
ambrosia
something delicious; the food food of the goods
ameliorate
to improve
amenable
agreeable; cooperative; suited
amenity
something that increases comfort
amulet
ornament worn as a charm against evil spirits
anachronism
something out of the proper time
analgestic
medication that reduces or eliminates pain
analogous
comparable
anarchy
absence of government; state of disorder
anodyne
something that calms or soothes pain
anomalous
irregular; deviating from the norm
antecedent
something that comes before
antediluvian
prehistoric
antipathy
dislike; hostility
apathy
indifference
apex
the highest point
apogee
the point in an orbit most distant from the body being orbited; the highest point
apothegm
terse, witty saying
appease
to calm; pacify; placate
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